ideas without borders

ideas without borders

By Nick Yang, Simon Lin
This podcast is run by the Engineers Without Borders Chapter at the University of Waterloo. It focuses on systemic issues that pertain to everyone on Waterloo Campus, and not just engineers.
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Ep 16 Part 2: WISE and the AE4H Innovation Lab - Getting to know the Energy Access Sector
Episode Summary Part 2 of this episode explores the Energy Access sector through interviews with experts to get a sense of existing challenges today. Key terms such as "Social Value" and "Productive Use" of energy are defined by these experts, along with their personal metrics for measuring success in providing energy access.  --- Preface Approximately 1 billion people in the world today live without access to the energy required for basic life functions such as cooking and seeing at night. The Affordable Energy 4 Humanity (AE4H) Innovation Lab 2019 dedicated three days to bring some of the world's top energy experts together to establish global networks and start collaborations for today's increasingly complex energy access challenges.  EWB UW had the privilege of attending and interviewing some of these experts in search of insights on what it means to work in Energy Access today. Join us on a 3-part episode to learn about how Energy Access relates to development work, how you can get involved through co-op opportunities and fellowships, and the perspectives experts have on their work. --- Notable links: Listen to all the expert interviews in full here: https://ae4h.org/projects/innovation_lab_current/innovation_lab_2019#Podcast Co-op opportunities in the Energy Access sector through WISE and the Queen Elizabeth Scholars program: https://ae4h.org/projects/qes Do you like these kinds of episodes? Do you have something to share with us about an event or organization? Send us a message here: https://www.facebook.com/ewbuw/
32:31
July 29, 2019
Ep 16 Part 1: WISE and the AE4H Innovation Lab - Tackling energy poverty through globally established networks
Episode Summary Part 1 of this episode introduces the Waterloo Institute for Sustainable Energy (WISE), and builds context on the AE4H project as well how the Innovation Lab conferences were designed.  --- Preface Approximately 1 billion people in the world today live without access to the energy required for basic life functions such as cooking and seeing at night. The Affordable Energy 4 Humanity (AE4H) Innovation Lab 2019 dedicated three days to bring some of the world's top energy experts together to establish global networks and start collaborations for today's increasingly complex energy access challenges.  EWB UW had the privilege of attending and interviewing some of these experts in search of insights on what it means to work in Energy Access today. Join us on a 3-part episode to learn about how Energy Access relates to development work, how you can get involved through co-op opportunities and fellowships, and the perspectives experts have on their work. --- Notable links: Do you like these kinds of episodes? Do you have something to share with us about an event or organization? Send us a message here: https://www.facebook.com/ewbuw/ Listen to all the expert interviews in full here: https://ae4h.org/projects/innovation_lab_current/innovation_lab_2019#Podcast Co-op opportunities in the Energy Access sector through WISE and the Queen Elizabeth Scholars program: https://ae4h.org/projects/qes
19:22
July 24, 2019
Ep 15: Millenials vs Generation Z
Have you ever been accused of a characteristic based on the generation you are from? Do you ever feel the lines are blurred when identifying yourself as a part of certain generation? This new episode of Ideas Without Borders for the Spring 2019 term kicks off with our executive team discussing about Millennials and Generation  Z, the struggles they are facing in the real world, how they are coping with all the harsh criticism of previous generations, and tackling the validity of common stereotypes against them.  A great big thanks to Mr. Scott Holmes for his song 'Driven to Success' in our podcast. For more details about his music, please contact him by:   https://scottholmesmusic.com/ 
24:02
May 31, 2019
Ep 14: Mobile Learning in Africa with Fiona Otieno, UW's 2019 Kumvana Fellow
As part of EWB's Kumvana Fellowship Program, the Waterloo Chapter had the opportunity of hosting Fiona Otieno, a Lead Customer Engagement Associate at M-Shule (mobile - Shule, "Shule" is Swahili for school). UW EWB's Kumvana Portfolio arranged a one week itinerary for Fiona, dedicated to meeting related industry partners, social impact incubators, and like-minded individuals here in Waterloo to support her work back at M-Shule. Join us in this podcast to learn more about the Kumvana Program, and hear how Fiona's journey in improving the education system in Kenya led to her current involvement at M-Shule, one of Africa's most innovative education solutions.  Do you have some questions? Would you like to contact Fiona? Send her an email at  fiona.otieno@m-shule.com  and mention that you heard of her from this podcast episode!
43:01
March 11, 2019
Ep 13: Beyond Borders - Pulse Home
This episode explores what chapter members are up to following their EWB experience.  Featuring former chapter co-President Emman Haider, a 4th year systems design engineering student, EWB UW takes a closer look into the Canadian Indigenous Housing Crisis via Pulse Home - an engineering capstone project that is quickly growing into a social enterprise dedicated to empowering First Nations communities in developing affordable, sustainable housing solutions on reserves.  Perspectives are shared between our chapter members and Emman, along with a discussion of the multi-faceted layers of the housing crisis on First Nations Reserves. Questions? Send us a message on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ewbuw/ 
26:52
February 17, 2019
Ep 12: Burnout
Burnout is a common contributor to mental health issues for university students, but what is it exactly? In this episode we explore the types, causes, effects, and sources of burnout alongside prevention and self-management strategies by exploring the experiences of various EWB UW members.  Curious on learning more? Have a comment or question? Send us a message on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ewbuw/
30:58
February 3, 2019
Ep 11: Weed is Legal
Cannabis is legal in Canada. How will this affect the system revolving around weed in Canada? How will it affect the black market? What about youth? We take a closer look, and also call in an anonymous drug dealer for some more information. 
36:47
January 19, 2019
Ep 10: Student Mental Health
Students often experience mental health issues, but what kind of mental health issues are prevalent? What are the causes behind these issues, and what can people do to help? From weighing in various statistics to having a round-discussion between actual students, this podcast will make you ponder on various mental health topics and encourage people to discuss this important matter.
29:15
January 6, 2019
Ep 9: Feedback Loops- Big Data, Diversity Hiring, and AIFs
A vital part of systems analysis is seeing how feedback loops impact stocks and systems as a whole. In this final episode for the Spring term, the team looks at how bias can slip into everything, and how we can reduce its impact.
21:38
September 9, 2018
Ep 8: Sustainable Transportation
With the soon arriving ION Transportation System, how will this affect the system of transportation within Waterloo? How can we create a system that encourages sustainble transit?
19:32
September 2, 2018
Ep 7: Healthy Food Options
Wonder why there's only Tim's on campus? Ever wish for healthier options? Why is it that we are stuck with an unhealthy food system? In this episode, we tackle all of these questions around the food system at the University of Waterloo.
20:23
August 24, 2018
Ep 6: Introduction to Systems Thinking
This episode introduces future plans for the podcast, as well as a brief overview of what systemic thinking really is.
07:11
June 19, 2018
Ep 5: Reddit & Communication
r/uwaterloo- love it or hate it, it's one of the most popular mediums of communication here at UW. However, what benefits and disadvantages does it provide when discussing topics such as mental health? In this episode, we get thoughts from Dave Tompkins, the CS professor who had his brush with Reddit fame.
20:05
April 6, 2018
Ep 4: Social Bubbles
Do you ever look around and think about how many of your friends are in the same faculty as you? Why is that? What are some of the advantages and problems of living in a social bubble? EWB takes a critical look at the issue through interviews with University of Waterloo students.
22:59
March 14, 2018
Ep 3: First Year Uncertainty - Did I Choose the Right Program?
Many undergraduates question whether they are really in the right program. This often leads to stress and dilemmas. In spirit of systems thinking, this episode looks at the process of choosing a university program for high school students. Based off of a current Fourth Year Design Project, this podcast interviews four different first year students as they reflect on their program selection experiences. Each interview brings forward a unique factor of consideration that influences the decision making process. As the FYDP continues to develop a solution, we hope that this podcast encourages you to think about how different perspectives influence the decision making process.
1:12:46
November 27, 2017
Ep 2: Reminiscing First Year
Failing midterms, finding friends, feeling homesick....a group of 2nd year Engineering students look reflect on their transition into first year university.
1:05:40
September 22, 2017
Ep 1: The Dakota Access Pipeline
Engineering students at the University of Waterloo explore the implications of the Dakota Access Pipeline. What does the construction of this pipeline mean for industries? For the environment? For the indigenous communities?
40:12
September 22, 2017
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